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Old 04-13-2009, 12:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Vail Requires helmets for employees who ride/ski on duty.

Don't know how I feel about this one. I can sort of understand it for people who teach in ski school. Especially when kids are required to where a helmet. On the flip side, ski area employees are notoriously under paid. So now you have to buy a helmet when you are already living on Mac 'N Cheese and Ramen?

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BROOMFIELD (AP) - Vail Resorts says its employees will be required to wear helmets while skiing or snowboarding on the job starting with the 2009-2010 season.
Vail also will require helmets for all children age 12 and under who take group lessons through its schools, and helmets will be part of the resort's children's rental packages unless parents or guardians sign a waiver.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Kinda sucks they don't have the money, but I'm sure they can scrape buy if it is a priority. Don't they get some kind of discount? Can't all ski/snowboarded related stuff be a tax write-off? I wonder how many employees are aware all this stuff can be written off.

IMO everyone should be required. What are the legit reasons for not? I can't think of one. With that said I need to make it a habit of wearing my helmet.
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Don't know how I feel about this one. I can sort of understand it for people who teach in ski school. Especially when kids are required to where a helmet. On the flip side, ski area employees are notoriously under paid. So now you have to buy a helmet when you are already living on Mac 'N Cheese and Ramen?

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as i mentioned in one of the 'helmet threads', i think it is only a matter of time before all resorts require patrons to wear one.
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I have a friend who works at Vail as a lifty. He said a lot of the local shops are throwing RIDICULOUS deals at them for last years helmets. Like over 50% off. He got a Giro Omen for $90. I paid almost $200 for mine. I think the shops are definitely aiming for some loyalty on this one, but it's awesome that they recognize that helmets are pretty expensive for them.
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I don't see resorts requiring patrons to wear a helmet for a long time. People will just take their dollars elsewhere. Even the requirement for kids in ski school to wear one can be circumvented by the parent signing a waiver. If helmet use gets above 90% of the general skier/rider using them, then you might start to see resorts making their use required. Any less than that, and it's a lot of money for a resort to lose by taking that gamble.
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$90 is still a lot of food, beer, and play money for a bottom feeder employee.
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That sucks, but it is kinda good because they're setting an example and in my opinion helmets are great, they've saved me dozens of times.
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Even the requirement for kids in ski school to wear one can be circumvented by the parent signing a waiver.

everyone knows that waivers don't hold up in court-you can never sign your rights away.
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I have a friend who works at Vail as a lifty. He said a lot of the local shops are throwing RIDICULOUS deals at them for last years helmets. Like over 50% off. He got a Giro Omen for $90. I paid almost $200 for mine. I think the shops are definitely aiming for some loyalty on this one, but it's awesome that they recognize that helmets are pretty expensive for them.

more like shops are sweating with all the overstock that they are carrying into the summer.
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The resorts can't swing the cash and get them helmets?

For insurance reasons, I can understand wanting your employees to wear helmets, but I don't think it is right to require them to buy gear that may not fit into their budgets. I assume the resort doesn't give them a couple weeks to sit around watching Brociety for a $30 helmet...
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